THE on-LINER JANUARY 2001 EDITION|
HERE'S THE LATEST CHAPTER NEWS!
Welcome New Members
If you are a new Chapter member, let me know so we can recognize
you in the newsletter. Also, don,t forget to register to attend
the luncheon for new members and first timers at the March Conference.
Have You Moved?
If you have moved, you will want to let Paula Edwards know.
Paula maintains the Chapter mailing list and Membership Directory.
Paula can be reached at (828) 757-5727. If you have an email
address change, contact Andy Silberman at email@example.com.
Also, EAPA needs to know so you will continue to receive valuable
The Liner Emailed
Those indicating that they prefer The Liner be emailed will
be contacted by Andy Silberman as soon as it has been loaded
on the Chapter website. If you would like The Liner emailed to
you instead of a hard copy through the mail, contact Andy at
the above email address.
Looking For EA Professionals
CIGNA Behavioral Health is looking for skilled EA professionals
to provide on site services to our customers in the North Carolina
area. CIGNA Behavioral Health offers a competitive fee schedule
and training materials are already prepared, requiring a minimum
amount of preparation by providers. Interested professionals
with experience in providing wellness seminars and management
trainings should send a brief summary of their on site EA experience
and training to: Julie Johnson, LPC at Julie.Johnson@cignabehavioral.com
(mailing address: 7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 400, Richmond,
Virginia 23225). Candidates will be contacted for a brief phone
interview at which time references will be requested. CEAP credentials
The Employee Assistance Network is accepting applications
for a full time position, with a good benefit package as an EAP
Counselor. Requirements: LCSW or LPC, EAP experience preferred.
The starting date is March 1, 2001. For more information, contact
John Howard or Mary Bryan Roberts at the Employee Assistance
1-800-454-1477 or via email at info@EANNC.com.
Carolinas Behavioral Health Centers is sponsoring a free seminar
entitled "Understanding the Developmental Model of Recovery
with Tammy Bell, LCSW, MAC on February 22, 2001 at 8:30am in
the auditorium at Behavioral Health Center at Mercy Horizons
Outpatient Services. For reservations, call (704) 395-3782.
Education Committee Update
The Education Committee is hard at work planning workshops
for this year. We will meet again at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville
Beach on May 17th and 18th. The sessions are still being planned
but it looks as if Ethics will be one of the topics we will address.
Be thinking about ethical scenarios or questions that you would
like addressed because we want input from you.
In addition to the above training dates for May, please mark
your calendars with the following Chapter workshop dates:
- Friday, August 10th: Four Points Hotel, Raleigh
- Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th: Quality
- Friday, December 7th: (location to be determined)
Andy Silberman, Chair of the New Technology Committee, has
graciously agreed to post these dates on our website. Thanks,
If you are interested in joining the Education Committee,
please contact me at (252) 823-5166, ext. 218 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to have you on our committee! Thanks very much
to Cheryl Marsh, Laura Texier and Marilyn Raines for agreeing
to serve on this committee.
Joan Radford, Chair
National Alliance For Mentally Ill
Affiliates Can Be Resource For Employees And Families
EAPA members at the December meeting in Charlotte were reminded
of a free, valuable resource for our clients: the National Alliance
for the mentally Ill.
There are 30 local affiliates of NAMI across North Carolina,
providing support and educational programs for persons with serious
mental illness and their families. The nationwide organization,
according to Executive Director Paul Bamford, "began in
the waiting rooms of psych hospitals by people struggling with
the mental illness of a family member. They quickly found common
ground: a need for more education on the illnesses affecting
their loved ones (and thus affecting the whole family); and support
from one another people who knew what they were going through,
and people they didn,t have to "hide their loved one,s illnesses
Dr. Bamford presented data from the U.S. Surgeon General,s
1999 report on Mental Health, which indicate that 9% of the adult
population has a mental illness serious enough to cause "some
functional impairment. More and more business leaders are recognizing
that employees are distracted from their work by problems in
their families, and this includes mental illness.
The North Carolina state affiliate of NAMI provides an 800
number Helpline; a low-cost Helpbook which includes comprehensive
information on serious illnesses, their treatments, the North
Carolina public mental health system, and related issues; two
statewide conferences; 10 issues of its newsletters; and a variety
of educational materials. The signature "Family-to-Family
class is offered, free, across North Carolina.
The Helpline is 1-800-451-9682. We have invited NAMI to exhibit
at our upcoming March conference.
NC/EAPA Business Meeting
December 7, 2000 Charlotte, NC
- A. The meeting was called to order by President Cliff Morgan
at 12:50 p.m.
- B. The October Business Minutes were corrected as follows
- 1. Toni Samuel,s title from CEO to COO
- 2. The spelling of Marlene Kauffman,s last name, from Koffman
- C. Board Meeting Update
- 1. Treasurer,s Report Martha Ausman reported the following:
- The October 2000 Boone Conference had 25 participants including
the Presenters. The Chapter grossed $500 in conference fees and
expenses were $1,332.88. The Chapter remains in good financial
- 2. NC/LEAP Board There was discussion about the confusion
about EACC, expiring CEAPs and the automatic loss of the LEAP.
There is a reported backlog on CEAP renewal from International
EAPA. This has delayed the receipt of CEAP certification, which
is causing NC/LEAP licensure to lapse for those persons not receiving
their Certification from International EAPA. Midgie Brawley stated
that persons renewing their CEAPs should immediately send their
renewal to the NC/LEAP Board to avoid the automatic loss of LEAP
status. The next NC/LEAP Board meeting is in January. She also
emphasized that names need to be submitted for candidates for
the NC/LEAP Board. The Governor can,t appoint members to serve
on the Board without names, which are recommended by us.
- D. Standing Committee Reports
- 1. Membership-The latest list from International shows 163
members in the NC/EAPA chapter.
- 2. Education and Training - Joan Radford gave a projection
of NC/EAPA training dates for the 2001-year as follows:
- March 14, 15, 16 Charlotte, NC
- May 16 Strategic Planning Meeting @ Wrightsville Beach, NC
- May 17, 18 Wrightsville Beach, NC
- August 10, Raleigh, NC
- October 18, 19 Boone, NC
- December 7 TBA though tentatively scheduled for Charlotte
Discussion was focused on training days, overnights and meeting
the needs of Chapter members. Cliff welcomed any suggestions
- 3. Research - No news.
- 4. Outreach Miriam Bundy explained the need for additional
committee members due to an expansion of duties.
- 5. Liner Ray Robbins asked members to let him know if they
do not receive a copy of the Liner. Paula Edwards maintains the
mailing list for the Liner. If your address changes or you don,t
get a copy, please email her at email@example.com.
- 6. By-laws Paul Morehouse reminded members that the By-laws
are contained in the Chapter Manual. Melissa Summer has manuals
if anyone needs a copy. The Outreach Committee duties will be
updated in the By-laws when Miriam Bundy gets him the new description.
- 7. New Technologies Andy Silberman. Adjustments have been
made to the list serve, which has resulted in no further complaints.
- 8. Diversity Shannon South. No news.
- 9. Certification Jim Cooper reported that EAPA had assigned
just one number for today,s training event. Due to the amount
of time needed to verify PDH,s, a $5.00 fee will be charged for
verifying lost PDH numbers.
- 10. Research and Information Karen Molli. No report.
- 11. Ethnic & Diversity: No report
- 12. Certification: Jim Cooper reports that he needs help
for the March Conference. He expressed his appreciation to Joan
Radford for her help.
- 13. Standards and Ethics: Elaine reports she had an inquiry
on the standard procedure for reporting an ethical violation
from an employer. But no further action has been taken.
- E. Southern Regional Director, Barbara Murdock has sent an
e-mail updating activities and news within our region. She reports
that the New York International Conference was good. The Conference
for the year 2001 will be held in the later part of October in
Vancouver, British Columbia. There are talks about separating
EACC and International EAPA.
- F. Special Committee Reports:
- 1. Scholarship- Joan Radford reports that one scholarship
was given for today,s conference. The form to apply for a scholarship
can be found in the back of the manual. There are 3 scholarships
available for the March 2001 conference.
- 2. Awards - Elaine Jenkins reports that she has not received
any nominations for the President,s Achievement Award or the
Member of the Year Award. The deadline for taking nominations
is December 22, 2000. The Official Box of Generosity was used
to draw a name to be awarded a free registration for the March
2001 conference. Beth Dickens was the recipient for the March
- 3. March 2001 Conference Chuck Taylor is the Conference Chair
and reports that all of the Speakers/Presenters are confirmed.
- 4. Job Announcement :
- Cumberland County- EAP Director
- EAP Partnerships"EAP consultant
- 5. History Midgie Brawley is heading a newly formed committee
to bring together the history of the NC EAPA Chapter. There is
a wealth of information and activities that need to be documented
and compiled for posterity. Any pictures, artifacts, pins, etc.
are needed. The deadline for completion is March 2001.
With no new business or no old business, the meeting was adjourned
at 1:30 pm.
Paula A. Edwards, M.S., CEAP, NC/LEAP
Secretary, NC/EAPA Chapter
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